If you’re a royal watcher – or just like a royal wedding – you’ll be happy to know that we’ve still got one more to look forward to this year.
The wedding between Princess Anne’s daughter Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall may not be as extravagant as Kate Middleton and Prince William’s big day, but we’re certain they’ll create waves in social circles.
Having dated for seven years, the low-key couple who live together in rural Gloucestershire are set to tie the knot this July.
Very few details have been revealed so far, but a few interesting pieces of information are in the public domain.
The couple got engaged in December 2010 when Mike proposed to long-term girlfriend Zara, not long after William and Kate made it known that they were to marry. Double joy for the Queen.
Zara announced her engagement in Country Life, wearing a £60 fleece and jeans, not going for a more elegant dress like Kate.
Rugby player Mike is said to have designed the engagement ring, a solitaire diamond ring set in platinum with diamond shoulders, himself.
If you’d like to copy Zara’s engagement ring, Hancocks Jewellers have a very similar style available.
The ceremony and reception
Zara and Mike will be wed in Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh on Saturday 30 July.
This will be the first royal wedding in Scotland since 1992 when Zara’s mother married her second husband Commander Timothy Laurence in a private ceremony at Crathie Kirk near Balmoral.
The wedding party is expected to head to the Palace of Holyrood house, the Queen’s official home in Scotland, to party into the early hours.
While the official dress maker has not yet been named, it is thought that Paul Costelloe might be the chosen one for Zara’s wedding dress. Zara wore one of Costelloe’s designs for Kate and William’s wedding.